World No. 1, Andy Murray got his campaign off to a good start yesterday with a 7-5 7-6(5) 6-2 win over Illya Marchenko of the Ukraine.
Murray, the 5-time finalist in Melbourne will be hoping to take it one step further this year.
Crowd favourite and former Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer, dropped one set on his way to a 7-5 3-6 6-2 6-2 win over Jurgen Melzer of Austria.
In a tough day for the Top 10 Men’s seeds, Stanislas Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori each needed five set matches to advance to the second round.
It was plain sailing for both home favourites, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios, who advanced without any hiccups.